Pilgrims set to face old foes Park Avenue

THE Pilgrims will face old foes Bradford Park Avenue once again this season.

The last time the Pilgrims met the Stans, they earned promotion from the UniBond Premier following a nail-biting 2-1 extra-time victory in the play-off final.

Now two seasons later, Park Avenue have followed Boston into the Blue Square Bet North.

They are one of four new sides added to the league for the upcoming season.

Brackley, Chester and Oxford City will also be new opponents entering the BSBN.

Chester - who, before their reformation enjoyed battles with Boston in their Football League and Conference days - earned promotion as champions of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier, from which Park Avenue were promoted via the play-offs.

Brackley earned promotion as Evo-Stik Southern Premier League champions, with Oxford going up via the play-offs.

Due to the geographical reshuffle of the Blue Square Bet North and South Leagues, no sides relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier will compete in United’s division next season.

Due to their financial problems, Darlington have been demoted to the Northern League and Kettering Town have applied to begin the season in the Southern Premier, with a probable 10-point deduction. This has earned Hinckley a reprieve and they will stay in the BSBN.

Hayes & Yeading and Bath City will both take their places in the BSBS.

Gainsborough will remain Boston’s only Lincolnshire derby.

BSBN 2012-13: Altrincham, Bishop’s Stortford, Boston United, Brackley Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Chester, Colwyn Bay, Corby Town, Droylsden, FC Halifax Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Gloucester City, Guiseley, Harrogate Town, Hinckley United, Histon, Oxford City, Solihull Moors, Stalybridge Celtic, Vauxhall Motors, Worcester City, Workington.